Morgan Stanley increased exposure to Bitcoin, held $300M in Grayscale shares

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Funding funds from main U.S. funding financial institution Morgan Stanley have elevated their publicity to Bitcoin by way of purchases of shares of Grayscale Bitcoin Belief.

In response to filings from the USA Securities and Trade Fee on Tuesday, the Morgan Stanley Perception Fund increased its holdings of Grayscale Bitcoin Belief, or GBTC, shares greater than 63%, from 928,051 within the second quarter of 2021 to 1,520,549 as of Sept. 30. As well as, filings on the agency’s Progress Portfolio show it holding 3,642,118 GBTC shares within the third quarter of 2021, a rise of 71% compared with 2,130,153 shares as of Q2. The Morgan Stanley World Alternative Portfolio held 1,463,714 GBTC, a 59% enhance from 919,805 shares in three months.

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On the time of publication, the value of GBTC is $45.72, making the funding financial institution’s publicity to Bitcoin (BTC) throughout these three funds roughly $303 million with 6,626,381 shares as of Sept. 30. The BTC value was underneath $50,000 for a lot of September, however the crypto asset has since reached an all-time high price of $69,000 earlier than sliding again to the $56,000s.

The respective portfolios and funds enable Morgan Stanley to achieve publicity to Bitcoin (BTC) with out investing instantly within the cryptocurrency. Cointelegraph reported in September that the agency’s Europe Alternative Fund, which invests in established and rising corporations all through Europe, greater than doubled its shares of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust since April. Nevertheless, the fund has not reported extra BTC publicity on the time of publication.

Associated: Grayscale hints at plans to convert Bitcoin trust into BTC-settled ETF

Whether or not investing not directly by way of Grayscale or by backing blockchain platforms, Morgan Stanley appears to be dipping its toes deeper into the crypto area. In September, the agency introduced it will be setting up a crypto-focused research division geared toward exploring the “rising significance of cryptocurrencies and different digital property in international markets.”